Friday, February 17, 2012

Handling Challenging Bad News For Us Both -by Joe

Heidi receiving her first dose of her new chemotherapy, adriamycin
 Tough times ahead..
A wonderful mystical hike on Valentine's Day

Since my last blog entry, our hopes for Heidi's new chemotherapy changed to disappointment when scans showed continued progression of her bone and liver tunors. She started weekly adriamycin this past Monday, a more toxic, more powerful chemo.

On the summit of challenging Jefferson Ridge on New Year's Day!

As with the chemo that failed, they'll have to wait 2 months to determine if this chemo is working via more scans and lab work.

My new prostate cancer is Stage 2 according to my biopsy, but during my upcoming surgery (radical prostatectomy) on March 12 they will check surrounding lymph nodes to make sure it is not Stage 3.

During the same procedure, they will go into my bladder, removing any new tumors found there.

So we have a lot to deal with. Prayer and support from family & friends are keeping us afloat these days. And humor.

Our easiest setting to pray remains on hikes in the two magnificent mountain ranges nearby. We have already done 5 hikes this year! What a contrast between a day at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and a day on a hiking trail. 

Enjoying a beautiful creek below this beautiful wooden bridge

We need both.

We are grateful for both.
We are grateful for you.

Heading up a ridge to reach a beautiful river gorge

As always, thank you for your prayers and/or positive thoughts.. your compassion.

Love & Blessings,
Joe & Heidi


  1. Wishing you both strength as you go through these challenges.

    1. John and Marianne WingoFebruary 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Words cannot convey our compassion for you both. We are praying everyday for your strength and courage to go through this. We know that God is with you. We have the highest regard for Bill and Ginny and know how much they are suffering with you.

      Love and in His Name.

  2. We're praying for you daily. You're inspirations to all of us--choosing to live well. A big hug, Betty Harrill

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your state. Keep updating us about your health. seattle cancer centers